All the private clinics and diagnostic centres in Patuakhali town started a 72-hour work abstention yesterday protesting attack on a private clinic and death threat to a doctor.
Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA), Diagnostic and Clinic Owners Association and Chemists and Druggists Association are jointly observing the strike.
Earlier leaders of these organisations gave an ultimatum on Wednesday evening at a press conference at Patuakhali Press Club.
Md Monir Hossain, president of Diagnostic and Clinic Owners Association, read out a written statement at the conference in presence of leaders of the organisations.
On the night of September 7, a gang ransacked Central Hospital, a private clinic at Kazipara in the district town, and gave death threat to Dr Moshiur Rahman, associate professor (Medicine) at Patuakhali General Hospital, who also does practice at the clinic, said Monir Hossain.
“Nurul Islam Roni, manager of the clinic, submitted a complaint to Patuakhali Police Station the next day in this regard but police hasn’t taken proper lawful steps till now. Protesting the matter we called the 72-hour strike and all 38 clinics and diagnostic centres stopped providing services this morning,” he said.
“We will go for further programme if local administration fails to take proper step in this regard,” he added.
Around 8:30pm on September 7, Shakil Hossain, 40, came to Dr Moshiur Rahman at his private chamber at Central Hospital with pain in liver. After giving primary treatment, the doctor referred the patient to Patuakhali General Hospital for better treatment.
Four to five people came to the hospital around 10:30pm the same night and looked for Dr Moshiur Rahman, who was not there that time. Then they uttered death threat to the doctor and ransacked furniture and glasses of the treatment facility.
Contacted, Md Mostafizur Rahman, OC of Patuakhali Police Station, said, “We got an allegation in this regard and we are taking lawful steps after proper investigation.”